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    Wondering what you fellas would recommend for a Short 6 wt for throwing streamers for trout. Flies are not real big 1-2.5 inches and the fish are not all that big either. 4 lb a rarity. Need something short for the accuracy but also for the confined space. Important note is that this is not for dirftboat fishing.

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    Redington predator( my favorite) or you could go with a short glass rod. maybe an epic blank....seem to be plenty quick for glass.

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    Hi Isaiah,

    Welcome to the forum this is the first time I've spotted a post from you

    I have several rods from 6'3" to 7' 6" that are great for what you are looking to do. The questions are; are you in a hurry? Do you want new or vintage equipment? Those 2 cover it I think, I have old rods because I've been doing this a while. When I buy a new rod, often times it will be an old rod which is new to me.

    For streamers I like a slower more medium action rod and fiberglass is a good choice. I use all three types of rods for fishing streamers on small creeks, bamboo - fiberglass and graphite. All work well and it's just up to you and your preferences.

    How much are you looking to spend on this rod?

    Ard

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    Tax return is being used so we can go big at this point.


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    I agree with Hardyreels - a #6 of less than 8 1/2' is probably going to be bamboo or glass. There are some great vintage ones to be found on auction sites. A 7 1/2' #6 used to be The Standard Trout Rod - you should have lots of good choices.

    I have another suggestion just because I enjoy the rod so much: a Winston WT or IM6 in the 8 1/2' #6. It's a light action #6, capable of throwing a #5 or #6 and though it's not short, it is very maneuverable and capable of great accuracy at close range. Plenty of power for longer casts as well, and a stout butt for big fish. Casts like a dream. If you're not in a hurry, keep an eye out on the auctions and they usually go for $250-$350. Unfortunately, I don't think they make them new any more.

    Mark

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    Oh man, the other day on the big auction site, I saw a 7' 6wt Phillipson with a very nice looking unmarked vintage reel. $40 bucks with only a couple of hours to go.
    It was miss-marked and there was no bids. Who ever got that got an absolute steal

    That's my favorite rod (this week ) A Phillipson Royal Wand 7', 6wt that I got a year or so ago and never fished.
    Lotta fun to use.
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    I have to agree regarding rods built upon a Phillipson blank. The shorter lengths (6.5', 7', and 7.5') certainly combine the power needed for casting streamers along with the ability to lay it down soft and accurately. A Phillipson is also fully capable of handling the rare 4 pounder.

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    A second vote here for the Predator. The 7'10" 6wt is a fun little rod. I use it when wading for river largemouths, throwing medium-sized clousers and poppers. Handles the flies and the occasional 6-pounder quite nicely.

    And you get in at a relatively inexpensive $249.

    Mike

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    I have been leaning towards the predator or bass ii. Any line recommendations for the predator?


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    What about the sage bass rods, not sure on the length of those rods right off, but they would be great for your application.

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